I love handmade books and art journal construction was the topic we covered in my monthly Art Journal class on Wednesday night. Thought I'd bring the book forms discussed here in one place for inspiration for next time you bind an art journal.Simple binding of papers into a cover : we talked about the 3-hole pamphlet stitch (easily modified to 5) = if you start inside you finish inside, if you start outside you can leave longer tails and decorate.
As I was starting to gather my ideas for this class, Marit shared her first post for Quirky Dutch Summer : Journal with a canvas cover. It utilises this simple stitched technique (instructions HERE) and includes a nice idea for using canvas.
And I couldn't show this one in class because it's been gifted away but you can enjoy it HERE (same pamphlet stitch, multiple signatures) :
You can make this simple signature stitch look more complicated with a double cover
It's also easy to stitch pages in with your machine. I stitched messy lines in the centre of this canvas cover, and then stitched through pages that began as manila folders. Just lengthen your stitch length and stitch slowly
creating a journal from one piece of paper
My pansy book used the single piece of paper technique above and the simple pamphlet stitch.
recycled ring-binders as covers is fun
binding the lessons from Tam's She Blooms in ink Class.
You could also use the above technique to stitch art to base pages for binding. You can also create individual pages that are the same size and then bind them using a concertina paper hinge technique that you'll find HERE.
This is where I introduced my current recycled art journal. You can remove pages before you start – use masking tape for reinforcing joins or to mend tears.
rebind if necessary. I use Bear tape – also could be called Duck tape. Needs to be strong and wide and sticky.
a new front cover with Pelmet Vilene
a stitched envelope
this lap top cover (also gifted away) which could just as easily contain art journal pages :
Klimt in the Garden box
my cotton reel book :
made for me by Zsuzsa of our combined art projects
my Canvas book which has a variation on folding to make its cover
Garden accordion book holds tags
this tag book is one of my favourite projects
I finished by sharing my Butterfly Star Book : you can find instructions to make this form HERE.
Loved gathering all these methods for class and this post. I am amazed at how many different book forms I have made so far. Hope you find time to create this week.